24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Media and Documentary 2020
14th Seminar on creative writing about documentary film / This year for the first time in an innovated international format.
The lectures will be held ONLINE (October 28th – 29th, 2020)
Media and Documentary is a seminar on creative writing intended for students of journalism, film studies and other humanities and social sciences, which will be held for the fourteenth time this year within the International Documentary Film Festival Ji.hlava.
In 2020, however, the seminar will be presented for the first time in a brand new format, expanded by cooperation with leading international film critics. The most successful participants will get a unique opportunity to penetrate the world of professional writing about documentary film. Selected students will publish their texts online on the dokrevue.cz portal and, in addition, will establish cooperation with the international periodical Modern Times Review, to which they will submit their articles written under an individual guidance of its editors.
On the first day, the students will attend lectures given by prominent Czech journalists, who will introduce various forms of critical reflection, as well as the pitfalls and assets of individual genres (review in daily or online periodical, review in specialized press, commentary, interview, and essay) when dealing with documentary film or film festival. On the second day, foreign lecturers will open other broader topics of the media imprint of documentary film and will give the students an insight into the international context of film criticism.
For the rest of the festival, students will then have the opportunity to watch films and accompanying programme, participate in the festival activities and prepare their texts. On the last day of the festival, they will once again meet with the Czech tutors and analyze their texts in detail in small groups according to their chosen genre. Those who complete the seminar as a part of their university curriculum, will then send the improved text once again to their lecturer and responsible teacher at their university.
Five of the best written texts will be published online after the festival at the portal dokrevue.cz, and their authors will establish year-long cooperation with editors of the European periodical about documentary film Modern Times Review. These students will get the opportunity to attend one foreign documentary film festival (e.g. IDFA, FID Marseille, DOK Leipzig, Visions du Réel, CPH:DOX, or Doc Lisboa), from which they will, under the guidance of their tutor, report into Modern Times Review.